hyenine

hyena

[hahy-ee-nuh]
noun
a doglike carnivore of the family Hyaenidae, of Africa, southwestern Asia, and south central Asia, having a coarse coat, a sloping back, and large teeth and feeding chiefly on carrion, often in packs.
Also, hyaena.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English hiena < Medieval Latin hyēna, Latin hyaena < Greek hýaina, equivalent to hy- (stem of hŷs) hog + -aina feminine suffix; replacing Middle English hyane, hyene < Middle French hiene < Latin

hyenic, hyenine [hahy-ee-nahyn, -nin] , adjective
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hyena or hyaena (haɪˈiːnə)
 
n
See also strandwolf any of several long-legged carnivorous doglike mammals of the genera Hyaena and Crocuta, such as C. crocuta (spotted or laughing hyena), of Africa and S Asia: family Hyaenidae, order Carnivora (carnivores)
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin hyaena, from Greek huaina, from hus hog]
 
hyaena or hyaena
 
n
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin hyaena, from Greek huaina, from hus hog]
 
hy'enic or hyaena
 
adj
 
hy'aenic or hyaena
 
adj

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hyena
mid-14c., from O.Fr. hiene, from L. hyaena, from Gk. hyaina "swine" (fem.), from hys "pig." Applied to cruel, treacherous, and greedy persons since at least 1670s.
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